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Nature Preserve

a 55-acre sanctuary only five miles from campus

Over 40 species of plants, 14 species of mammals, 40 species of birds, and hundreds of species of arthropods have been explored on the property.

Student using a survey system

The Hope College Nature Preserve is dedicated to student-faculty collaborative research and education in the natural sciences. The preserve provides a rich opportunity for hands-on learning that cannot be duplicated in the laboratory, and as such it is a critical resource for the academic program of the College.

As a small patch of unique Lake Michigan dune forest in an increasingly fragmented landscape, the preserve also presents an opportunity to develop conservation and management strategies for the small natural areas that will come to represent increasingly important repositories of biodiversity in the future.

Hope College also encourages use of the preserve by other scientists and educational communities, in ways that are consistent with our goal of maintaining the ecological integrity (and, hence, the research and educational potential) of the property over the long term.

Official Nature Preserve Website

The following map shows the different habitats, research areas, and walking trails through the Hope College Nature Preserve.